Blog Posts by Holly Bailey, Yahoo News

  • The mystery of Tamerlan Tsarnaev's widow

    A year after the Boston attacks, questions remain about what Katherine Russell knew and who she really is

    Katherine Russell, wife of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, leaving the house where he lived on Norfolk street in Cambridge on Apr. 20, 2013, the day after Tsarnaev, was killed in a shootout with police. (William Farrington/Polaris)
    NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. — The unmarked police cars that used to be parked down the block are gone. So are the satellite trucks. But every few weeks, a paparazzo turns up, training a long lens on a two-story ranch-style home that sits on a quiet, wooded cul-de-sac here, hoping to land the money shot of the widow of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the alleged mastermind of the Boston Marathon bombings.

    That’s why, neighbors believe, they don’t see Katherine Russell outside anymore — or her parents or two younger sisters. Not even on the warm days, when the family used to sit in lawn chairs smiling and laughing as Russell and Tsarnaev’s 3-year-old daughter, Zahara, happily scampered through the open backyard.

    When a tabloid ran photos of one of those backyard jaunts last summer, family members retreated inside and have rarely been seen by the neighbors since. A space that had once felt so open and free was suddenly a prison where there was no privacy from the prying eyes of a world curious about how a

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  • Weiner gets into a shouting match with a Jewish voter in NYC

    NEW YORK — Anthony Weiner got into a shouting match with a Jewish voter while campaigning for mayor on Wednesday after the man called him “disgusting” and said he should “stay out of the public eye” for the sexting scandal that has derailed his bid for City Hall.

    The confrontation happened as Weiner was campaigning in the Borough Park section of Brooklyn — a heavily Jewish neighborhood where he was also heckled in July after he admitted he had continued to engage in sexual chats with women he met online even after he was forced out of Congress for similar behavior.

    The exchange, which was captured on video by a reporter with the Yeshiva World, occurred as Weiner was exiting a local bakery. The former congressman — his mouth full of food — began shouting at the man, who called him a "deviant." According to a separate video of the incident released by the Weiner campaign — which you can see below — the man also referenced Weiner's wife, longtime Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, saying

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  • Barack Obama is officially the baby whisperer

    (Photo by Pete Souza/WH)Politicians seem to love nothing more than to run into a baby on the campaign trail. They hug them, they kiss them, they swing them around in the air--perhaps knowing that posing with a cute kid softens their image among prospective voters.

    But leave it to Barack Obama to go and one up his fellow pols, by appearing to magically silence a wailing baby with only a simple touch. It's a feat of infant-wrangling that appears to surprise even First Lady Michelle Obama.

    It happened last week at the president's annual congressional picnic on the South Lawn of the White House and was captured on video by an Obama staff videographer.

    You can watch the video after the jump:

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  • Hillary Clinton and Angela Merkel joke about their mutual love of pantsuits

    Angela Merkel and Hillary Clinton

    It's no secret Hillary Clinton loves a good pantsuit.

    Clinton, who possesses them in virtually every color of the rainbow, has made suits her fashion uniform of choice during her time in the public eye. And so prior to yesterday's state dinner, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is herself a pantsuit fan, poked some gentle fun at the Secretary of State's wardrobe, via an unusual gift--taking care to tell Clinton that "you may take it in a playful mode."

    When they met on Tuesday, Merkel presented Clinton with a framed copy of the Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper featuring an Associated Press photo of the two leaders during the Secretary of State's visit to Germany

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